Two bigwigs in the state Democratic Party, MacMurfee attempts to run for the Senate in Louisiana, after serving as governor before Willie (and falling to Willie in the 1930 election). Harrison, who was also governor in the state before Willie, also retains a great deal of influence in the state legislature. Although neither MacMurfee or Harrison is seen in the novel, they exert a great deal of power over Willie at various moments, and Duffy, who remains in thrall to Harrison throughout his time as Lieutenant Governor, might be seen as a continuation of Harrison’s influence in the state.
Harrison and MacMurfee Quotes in All The King's Men
The All The King's Men quotes below are all either spoken by Harrison and MacMurfee or refer to Harrison and MacMurfee. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harvest Books edition of All The King's Men published in 2006.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
What would it cost? Well, MacMurfee was thinking he might run for Senator . . . so that was it.
Harrison and MacMurfee Character Timeline in All The King's Men
The timeline below shows where the character Harrison and MacMurfee appears in All The King's Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...paper, and he was there to cover the conversation; Duffy was one of the Governor Joe Harrison’s top men in that region—part of Harrison’s Democratic machine in the state. Alex introduces... (full context)
...the state’s Democratic Party because he is a rural candidate, and the “city” candidate, named Harrison, wants a “dummy” candidate to split the vote with his main rival, MacMurfee, who is... (full context)
...Sibyl Frey pregnant, and that her father, Mr. Frey, is furious at Tom and Willie. MacMurfee, who has maintained his political opposition to Willie over the course of his Governorship, gets... (full context)